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How Free is Speech on Campus, and Does it Matter?

meet our panelists

Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang is a leader in racial justice movements and speaks and writes frequently on history, culture, politics, and music, with experience leading student-centered programs at Stanford as Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, a national model for equipping undergraduate students with skills to steward the power of the arts for social change. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Race Forward, a national policy and movement-building non-profit organization seeking racial justice. 

Michelle Deutchman

Michelle Deutchman is the Executive Director of the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, working across all 10 UC campuses to shape and respond to national and campus discourse regarding free speech. A lecturer in law at UCLA, she previously served as Western States Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League, training both administrators and law enforcement officers in safeguarding free speech while maintaining inclusive environments on campus. 

William Kristol

William Kristol is a journalist and commentator for national news networks, speaking on a wide range of topics including foreign policy, constitutional law, and political philosophy. He was the Founder and Editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, an influential journal of politics and ideas; he is currently Editor-at-large of The Bulwark. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, shaping Republican political strategy from the late 20th century to the present. He has hosted many conversations on his video platform “Conversations with Bill Kristol” on free speech and education. 

event moderator

Keith Allred is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NCID) at the University of Arizona. He was chosen to lead NICD because he had recently launched CommonSense American, an organization that brings Republicans, Democrats, and Independents together from across the country to find and champion solutions with broad support. CommonSense American was integrated with NICD’s other programs to revive civility and enhance problem solving across the partisan divide

Alumni Jacquelynn and Bennett Dorrance recently made a gift commitment of $5.4 million to endow the deanship of the University of Arizona College of Humanities. The Fearless Inquiries Project is a long-term, flagship effort specifically aimed at catalyzing a national culture that prizes open discussion, independent judgement and the questioning of stubborn assumptions. Through the Perspectives Series, speakers will present a wide range of ideas and opinions, with audience members encouraged to challenge their own ideas as they consider a variety of other perspectives.